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Why Is Jesus in the Microwave: Funny Stories from Classrooms

by Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND

At a certain parish the tabernacle was a wide rectangle set into the wall. One day the primary children were learning about the Mass. At the end of the lesson, Sister asked, "Does anyone have any questions?"

With furrowed brow, a child inquired,

"Why does Father put Jesus into the microwave?"

Kids. You never know what they're going to say next!

As educators in America's Catholic classrooms, The Sisters of Notre Dame are no strangers to hilarious mix-ups, priceless mispronunciations, and innocent mistakes like this one. Now they're sharing their over 125-year treasury of funny stories and anecdotes in Why is Jesus in the Microwave?

These real-life episodes cover everything from

  • prayer -- "O my God, I am partly sorry."
  • to morality - "Maybe I lie a little bit, but nobody's perfect."
  • to schoolwork -- "Dear Joe, if you die, can I have your report card?"
  • to holidays -- "And where was Baby Jesus born?" "In a haystack."
  • And lots more!

Priest or teacher, parent or grandparent, or anyone needing to lose themselves in funny and wholesome stories will enjoy Why is Jesus in the Microwave? It is a joyful reminder that laughter is a gift from God.

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